6 Ways to get the Most out of Your Music Festival Experience
Summertime is commonly referred to as “the world’s loudest month”, and not without good reason. All over the country, the industry’s biggest names and rising stars in music come together to perform in sold-out tours, and most excitingly, music festivals. From Jacksonville’s heavy-hitting “Welcome to Rockville”, to the all-encompassing Lollapalooza in Chicago, there is something out there for everyone. However, these festivals can be quite an investment, so here’s how to maximize your time there:
1. Impressed by the line-up? Go ahead and get your ticket.
Festivals tend to have a nasty habit of raising ticket prices as time goes on. If you are remotely interested in going, go ahead and get your ticket while the prices are at their lowest. Worst case scenario, you can sell it down the road and break-even, or even make a profit!
2. Go with an open mind (or rather, an open ear!)
Of course, go see your favorites! However, chances are, you’re probably not familiar with every single band or artist there, and you’re going to have some time to kill. Take a walk around the stages and listen. You may hear an artist you didn’t know you needed in your life (I found my game-changer at last weekend’s Welcome to Rockville!)
3. Keep cool; it’s not a fashion show.
I have long given up on putting on a full face of makeup for summertime shows and have destroyed far too many pairs of sneakers from dirt and getting stepped on. It’s fun to dress-up to a certain degree, but keep in mind how dirty and sweaty these festivals are; especially if it’s your first one. Most importantly, and I cannot stress this enough, CLOSE-TOED SHOES! Yes, you’re going to get stepped on, and no, no one cares about your personal space.
4. Be familiar with the festival’s rules and restrictions BEFORE you go!
While some rules and restrictions may seem tedious, these festivals are trying to prioritize your safety. I’ve noticed a lot of venues becoming pickier about bags, food, and liquids they allow into their grounds. You don’t want to be waiting in line for an hour just to be turned away at security because your bag is too big.
5. Have cash on hand.
While more vendors seem to be equipped with chip-readers, some places may still be cash only. You don’t want to waste a good portion of your day waiting in an ATM line that rivals some of Disney ’s biggest attractions.
6. Hydrate! Reapply sunscreen! Look out for your peers!
Most importantly, take care of yourself! And your friends too, for that matter. I know it may seem like common sense, but even I now have peeling shoulders from last weekend. Drink water, reapply sunscreen, don’t intentionally drop crowd surfers, help someone up… look out for each other.
One of my favorite things about going to live shows and festivals is that sense of community that establishes itself through the music scene. It’s a great place to make friends and listen to good music. Make the most out of your time there!